“I dreamt the city was white, the room was white, and loneliness and calm were white, too.”
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However, it’s difficult to sympathize with a man who unself-consciously proclaims things like, “I’m a liar who wants to be sincere” and “If all clocks went backwards, the world would work properly.”
Madruga is appealing as Ganz’s Portuguese love interest, and it’s easy to see why he falls for her:
… but it’s infuriating watching Ganz write letters to his partner back home, assuming she will simply put up with him telling her about his new lover.
(Vonderlinn gets rightfully pissed off at him at one point, but then is back to waiting patiently for his letters — this is a film made from a male-privileged point of view, after all.) The biggest selling point of the movie is the gorgeous cinematography of Lisbon, which does indeed look like a city one wouldn’t mind getting lost in for awhile.
It’s too bad the narrative, such as it is (it was apparently largely improvised), doesn’t do the city justice.
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